Given that October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, we want to take this opportunity to provide at-home cyber security tips for you and your family to ensure your devices are safe, and you are not sacrificing security for convenience. With the rise of smart devices, it can be easy to get caught up in the gadgets and features while losing track of effectiveness. We all know that safety starts at home, and your home and family security is our priority.
1. Do not use the same password across devices
Do your best to use unique usernames and passwords. Each password shouldn’t be used for anything else. Another great way to protect your private information is by avoiding logging into websites using your Facebook or Google accounts.
2. Change your passwords regularly
Practicing good password management is key to keeping your data safe. There are several password management apps and services that can help. This includes your mobile device and laptop.
3. Keep software up to date
Turn on automatic updates for your operating systems. These updates can provide better performance, but also better security. Do not click on any pop-ups that ask you to download updates for software’s that seem suspicious. This can be easily avoided by turning on an ad-blocker.
4. Do not fall for clever phishing scams
Beware of suspicious emails, text messages and phone calls that lure you into sharing personal or financial information. This can result in credential theft or a data breach. If you receive an e-mail from someone you know, but their behavior is odd, it could be a hacker.
5. Consider a second network
Most routers offer this option. If there is an instance that a hacker gets into your network, they will only have access to what’s stored there and it will be a challenge they might not proceed with in accessing multiple networks. You can also easily set up a guest WIFI network for visitors, to keep your own network that much safer.
6. Back up your data
Back up your data on a regular basis. If you become a victim to a cyber security incident, you may lose all your data, or have to erase all devices and re-install from scratch. You can use an external hard drive or a cloud service tool like Google Drive.
7. Do not leave your devices unattended
The physical security of your devices is just as important as their technical security. Be careful not to leave your laptop, phone or hard drives unattended or in plain sight. You can even disconnect from the internet when you are not using your devices as an extra precaution.
8. Be careful what you share on Social Media
Social Media has made the world a more connected place. For the most part, this is a good thing but it can also open the door to click bait from imposter accounts or hackers that may look like your friends or brands that you follow.
9. Purchasing electronics from reputable brands
Only purchase electronic smart devices from creditable manufacturers and vendors. The no name brands or low-quality brands can increase your vulnerability to cyber break-ins. Security is not something you want to be stingy with.
10. Consult with the experts
Security companies that do this every day, for thousands of people, are most likely to have the best solutions to manage risk and keep your home and family secure and safe. If you are unsure about your own systems or want to enhance them, get in touch with our experts or learn more at AvanteSecurity.com.
Security starts with awareness. Be aware of what may put you at risk.